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August 2016 Income Report
August was stressful, but fun. And I learned so much. I honestly can't even explain how much I learned.
This month was dedicated to cleaning up my site. I started this website as a place for me to vent, share my thoughts and experiences with friends and family, and a place for me to document my journey as I try out new career paths. Slowly but surely, the purpose and direction of this site is becoming more clear to me as I learn what I enjoy doing and what I don't.
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This month, I began offering website services to friends, family, and any individual who happens across this blog. I also continued freelancing (web design, blogging, copy editing, and a few other odds and ends).
I've felt overwhelmed by the support of family and friends in addition to the countless other people that I've lost touch with over the years who have sent me private messages sharing their thoughts about my blog and the path I'm currently taking. Likewise, dozens of people have told me they respect how open I'm being about my life and can't really understand how I have the "courage" to put myself on display for everyone to watch. Truth is, I have my insecurities, too. There are plenty of people who have found and perused my site that I wish never did. But what you put on the web is there to stay and open to anyone who finds it - and I knew that going in. Everyday I remind myself that I just need to let all of it go. It's a constant struggle, but each day I strive to put very little weight into everyone else's opinion, and all of the weight into my own.
A lot of people have also asked me if I "have a plan yet". Well, yes, I do. This is my plan: to freelance and make money online. It's not a traditional plan, but it's still one that I'm happy with.
And then there are the people on the opposite end of the spectrum, who are extremely curious about what I'm doing but are far too afraid to ever ask about it. If that's you, feel free to ask away. I have no qualms about sharing a bit of my professional life with you - hence why I'm writing about my income... online.
I'm not a student, no. I'm not a traditional 9-5 worker, no. But I DO work, even when you don't see me working, and I DO study even when you don't see me studying. And my plan is a legitimate one even if it's one that that you don't understand. I spend the majority of my time working harder than I've ever worked in my life. And, for the many people who believe I've traded in my one boss, for none (since I do, in a way, work for myself) - I'll let you in on a little secret. When you leave your traditional 9-5 job for a freelancing career, you actually trade your one boss in for many bosses. I don't have quite the life of leisure that many people imagine. I'm constantly trying to reach and exceed expectations of people I barely know. It's a hard thing to do, but it's a lifestyle choice and I'm happy with it.
"I increased my monthly earnings by 89% in the past 30 days from blogging and freelancing." -Eden Fried
I've found that some people judge the hell out of me, some people couldn't care less, and others are my greatest motivators and supporters.
Again, I'm letting it all go because this is what I think: I'm 23 years old, I have no kids, very little debt, and my entire life ahead of me. And I made $785 on line this month, which is pretty cool for a silly little kid like me.
August was good.
Now it's time for Fall, my favorite time of year.
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